IN THE HIGH COURT OF LESOTHO In the
Application of :
L.P.S. FOOTBALL CLUB Applicant
MEJAMETALANA PROFESSIONAL F.C. 1st
RespondentLESOTHO SPORTS COUNCIL 2nd Respondent
JUDGMENT Delivered by the Hon. Mr Justice
on the 13th day of February , 1990
The applicant approached this Court on urgent basis
seeking an order of this Court setting aside a decision delivered by
on 1st February, 1990.
It appears that following a protest by the 1st
Respondent that one Palime Letuba allegedly a player for Maseru
Brothers F.C. was
fielded as a player by the applicant without any
transfer forms entitling him to do so having previously been filled
and filed in
the relevant office of the 2nd Respondent a decision was
made by the 2nd Respondent.
Consequently the applicant forfeited the points for the
game it was alleged to have fielded Letuba in. The initial decision
by the Senior Football Executive Committee a sub-committee
of the 2nd Respondent.
On appeal to the 2nd Respondent the decision of the
sub-committee was confirmed.
The sub-committee observed the witnesses and heard their
respective versions. Obviously it did not believe the applicant's
that Letuba was on duty at the Prisons Department where he
works throughout the period when he was observed by witnesses who saw
him play for the applicant on 16th September 1989 while he had
earlier been seen playing for Maseru Brothers F.C. on 2-9-89 and
The second respondent was invited by the applicant to
correct a mistake by the Senior Football Executive Committee. The
complied and no doubt. basing itself on EX."A"
a Duty List for Prisons Department substituted the time 1400 hrs to
for 0600 hrs to 1400hrs.
Otherwise the 2nd respondent declined to interfere with
the decision of the Senior Football Excutive Committee.
I listened to the arguments and read the papers but have
not been able to find any irregularity on the basis of which this
be said to be entitled to interfere. It is not for this
court in a matter like this to substitute its verdict for that of the
of first instance in the absence of proof of bias,
unreasonability prejudice, ill motive or corruption levelled at that
The application is dismissed with costs.
JUDGE. 12th February, 1990.
For Applicant : Mr Mphalane For Respondents : Mr
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